Public Notice - Notice of Adoption for Industrial & Rural Areas CIPs

Notice of the Adoption of the Industrial Lands & Rural Areas Community Improvement Plan

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Town of Lincoln passed By-law No. 2019-37 on the 15th day of April 2019, under Section 28 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990. By-law No. 2019-37 adopts the Industrial Area and Rural Lands Community Improvement Plan.

In reaching its decision to approve the Industrial Lands and Rural Areas Community Improvement Plan, Council considered all of the written and oral submissions and agrees with the planning report analysis and recommendations and finds that, the Community Improvement Plan meets the Planning Act criteria, is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement and complies with the Growth Plan, the Niagara Region Official Plan and the Town Official Plan.

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or public body may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) in respect of the Community Improvement Plan by filing with the Clerk of the Town of Lincoln not later than the 22nd day of May, 2019, a notice of appeal to the Community Improvement Plan.

A notice of appeal must:

  1. Be made in writing;
  2. Must set out the reasons for the appeal;
  3. Must set out the specific part(s) of the Community Improvement Plan to which the appeal applies; and
  4. Be accompanied by a fee of $300.00 in the form of a certified cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance (This is the fee required by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal).

The proposed Community Improvement Plan is exempt from approval by the Regional Municipality of Niagara. The decision of Council is final if a notice of appeal is not received on or before the last day for filing a notice of appeal.

Only individuals, corporations or public bodies may appeal a decision of the municipality to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the Community Improvement Plan was adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the Council, or in the opinion of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body to the appeal.

Below is an explanation of the purpose and effect of Community Improvement Plan. A complete copy of Community Improvement Plan is available for review in Legislative Services during office hours - Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or online, or from the Planning and Development Department.

Explanation of the Purpose & Effect of the Industrial Lands & Rural Areas Community Improvement Plan

The Community Improvement Plan contains financial incentive programs which are designed to stimulate investment by the private sector on industrial and rural lands.

Industrial Lands

Stimulate investment by the private sector in industrial designated and zoned lands to:

  • Unlock the existing supply of vacant and underutilized land;
  • Provide a direct contribution to achieving one of the Town’s fundamental economic development objectives of protecting and expanding the existing industrial base; and
  • Create new jobs in the local economy.

Rural Areas

Incentivize the development of value-added agricultural uses on designated and zoned agricultural lands to:

    • Improve the viability of farm operations, making them more resilient and adaptive to future changes in the market;
    • Create new jobs in the local economy over a more dispersed geographic area;
    • Recognize the important role that value-added agricultural uses, including on-farm diversification and agriculture related uses and experiential activities, play in attracting visitors and tourists to the Town;
    • Assist in addressing specific priorities and issues which have been identified in the rural areas, including enabling adaptive and beneficial reuse and rehabilitation of surplus or vacant buildings; increasing the supply of small-scale overnight accommodations; and
    • Improving visibility of buildings open to the public (i.e. through the use of new/improved signage).

The Community Improvement Plan also establishes minimum criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for the incentive programs.

Dated at the Town of Lincoln this 2nd day of May, 2019
Julie Kirkelos, Town Clerk

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